Series Preview: Blue Jays vs Yankees September 13th to 15th

The Toronto Blue Jays finally win a series again. They are set to be swept at home over the weekend by the injury-laden New York Yankees

 

I’m in a mood so be prepared for some anger with a sprinkling of sarcasm. The Blue Jays shocked everyone this week by not sucking. They actually picked up a series win for the 1st time in forever, taking 2 of 3 against the extremely talented but plummeting Boston Red Sox. The only baseball thing which gives me greater pleasure than the Blue Jays winning the World Series would be watching the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees suck. I haven’t had much of any of that in a very longtime so you can imagine how knowing the defending World Series champion Red Sox will be missing the playoffs while firing the GM and crying about payroll. God, that is such a good feeling. You know what would be even better, not watching the Yankees clinch the ALE this weekend in our park.

 

If the Yankees sweep the Blue Jays and the Tampa Rays get swept, Blue Jays fans will be treated to watching the Yanks run out on the field to celebrate something which has been a foregone conclusion for half the flipping summer.

 

Moving on.

 

So the Blue Jays took it to the Red Sox, outscoring the defending champs 16 to 10 after being swept by the Tampa Bays Rays over the weekend.  The New York Yankees continue to rack up time on the Injury List this year but continue to find these bloody diamonds in the rough. The 1st place Yankees lost Aaron Hicks for the season back on August 4th and now it appears he’ll need TJ. Good thing he signed that extension in the Spring….good luck in your recovery Mr. Hicks. One of those Diamond in the rough types found his way onto the IL on September 9th with a grade 2 left calf strain, Mike Tauchman is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks. That’s a tough break for this young man who was having a breakout season after being acquiring from the Colorado Rockies. It is possible that Gary Sanchez also suffered an injury yesterday in the Detroit/NNY doubleheader.

 

Don’t feel too bad for the Yankees, they are expecting to Giancarlo Stanton, Jordan Montgomery, Tommy Kahnle, and Dellin Betances back any day now.

 

The 97 and 51 Yankees are 7 and 3 over their last 10 games. They have a 10 game advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays for the division lead. Toronto, at 57-90, are 39.5GB and fighting to avoid their first 100 loss season since the ’70’s. NYY took 2 out of 3 from the Detroit Tigers, outscoring the Tigers 27 to 20.

 

The Jays and NYY meet 6 more times in September.  The Yankees lead the season series with 8 wins and 5 loses. These clubs split a 4-game set in August with the Blue Jays outscoring the Yankees 19 to 17. Toronto had their lunch handed to them in GM1 with a 12 to 6 loss but the Blue Jays bounced back to take GM2 and GM3 winning 8 to 2 and 5 to 4. NY avoid the series loss with a 1 to 0 win in GM4.

 

Over the last 30 days:

  • Randal Grichuk owns a .193BA with 7 doubles, 2 triples, and 3HR
  • Bo Bichette owns a .257BA with 5 doubles and 6HR
  • Cavan Biggio owns a .268BA with a .922OPS, 5 doubles, a triple, and 3HR
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. owns a .260BA with 2 doubles, a triple, 2HR, and 13RBI
  • Toeoscar Hernandez owns a .188BA with 4 doubles, 3HR, and 32 strikeouts.
  • Reese McGuire owns a .378BA with 2 doubles, 3HR, and a 1.115OPS while Danny Jansen owns a .179BA with zero double and one HR.

 

Over the last 30 days on the mound:

  • Ken Giles has converted 3-for-3 save opportunities with a 0-1 record and 2.25ERA in 8 appearances.
  • Trent Thorton learned a new curve grip from Clay Buchholz and some nice results versus the BoSox. He leads the team with 24K over this period.
  • Ryan Tepera has looked pretty good since returning. In limited action, Tep has a 2.45ERA with a walk and 3K.
  • Jordan Romano has been a little shaky since his return from an oblique injury with a 0-1 record and 6.23ERA while walking 5 and striking out 5 in 4.1IP.

 

Friday, September 13th, 7:07 pm start

LHP Anthony Kay (TOR) vs RHP Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)

 

Kay: 0-0, 3.18ERA, 1.23WHIP, 4.8BB/9, and 12.7K/9

 

Kay will be making his 2nd major league start. He looked good in his debut holding the Tampa Bay Rays to 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 8. I think we would all take those results against the mighty NYY.

 

Tanaka: 10-8, 4.53ERA, 4.35FIP, 1.25WHIP, 2.1BB/9, and 7.3K/9.

 

The 30-yr-old will be making his 30th start of 2019, the 3rd time he has made 30 starts in his 6 yr career. The Yankees are 18 and 11 when Tanaka takes the mound. Tanaka has made two starts in September going 0-1 with a  5.40ERA, 1.70WHIP, 2BB, and 7K in 10.IP. He blanked Toronto on August 11th, throwing 8 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.

 

Saturday, September 14th, 3:07 pm start

RHP Jacob Waguespack (TOR) vs LHP James Paxton (NYY)

 

Waguespack: 4-4, 4.55ERA, 4.87FIP, 1.32WHIP, 3.4BB/9, and 6.8K/9

 

Jacob Waguespack will take the mound for his 11 starts. Toronto is 4 and 6 in his starts. He went 2-1 with a 2.88ERA in 5 games in August but has gone 0-2 with a 8.64ERA in 2 start in September. The Yankees hit 2HR off Waguespack, scoring 3 runs on 3 hits over 3.2IP at the Rogers Centre in their last meeting.

 

Paxton: 13-6, 3.96ERA, 3.91FIP, 1.31WHIP, 3.4BB/9, and 11.4K/9

 

The Big Maple set a career-high in wins his last time out. Paxton has picked up the W each of his last 8 starts. He is 2-0 with a 0.00ERA, 4BB, and 14K over 13.2IP in two September starts. New York is 17-9 in his starts. He last faced Toronto on June 26th, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits over 4.1IP. The way his is pitching right now, I expect Paxton to Verlander this lineup.

 

Sunday, September 15th, 1:07 pm start

RHP T.J. Zeuch (TOR) vs LHP Jordan Montgomery (NYY)

 

Zeuch: 0-0, 5.24ERA, 5.37FIP, 1.68WHIP, 5.4BB/9, and 5.4K/9

 

From watching Zeuch in the minor leagues the past couple seasons, he needs to find a groove. He will get into trouble with walks and hits but he is one pitch away from a double play….even with nobody on base. He actually started his last time out, none of this opener crap, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits over 4.1IP. Charlie should have let the kid finish the inning as he was sitting at just 81 pitches.

 

Montgomery: no stats

 

It hasn’t been confirmed but I think this one will go to Montgomery. It will likely end up being a bullpen day as Montgomery has not pitched in 2019 coming off TJ.

 

 

 

More About the Yankees

The Yanks have a .270BA (4th) with a .834OPS (2nd). NY has hit 280HR (1st), 16 triples (26th), and 264 doubles (13th). NYY have 52SB (21st) while owning a .341OBP (3rd), walking 523 (9th), and striking out 1295 SO (15th)

 

On the mound, New York owns a 4.37ERA (14th), surrendering 231HR (6th), 683 runs (18th). Opponents are batting .249 (11th) with a 1.31WHIP (10th) off NYY pitching.

 

Over the last 30 days:

  • D.J. LeMahieu is batting .276 with 3 doubles and 5HR
  • Aaron Judge is batting .287 with 6 doubles and 10HR
  • Gleyber Torres is batting .303 with 5 doubles and 10HR
  • Gary Sanchez is batting .256 with 2 doubles but 9HR
  • Didi Gregorius is only batting .227 but leads the team during this stretch with 20RBI
  • Zach Britton owns a 1.04ERA with an OppBA of .138 in 10 games
  • Aroldis Champman is 5 for 5 in saved opportunities with a 1.17ERA and 13K in 8 games

 

Prediction: The way I look at it, if the Detroit Tigers can steal a win from the Yankees then so can the Blue Jays. The Yankees should feast against the two rookie starts in GM1 and GM2. I am hoping that Toronto can take advantage of a rusty Montgomery in GM3 to avoid the sweep. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.